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8 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Miami

8 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Miami

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Turk
  • Day 4
    La Romana (Casa de Campo)
  • Day 5
    Curacao
  • Day 6
    Aruba
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Miami

Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Activity-packed ship with plenty to do without massive upcharges

Cons

Finding a spot for some peace and quiet is tricky

Bottom Line

Great value, perfect for families


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
My wife and I booked this cruise with my brother and his wife. We were looking forward to travelling on the newest ship in the Carnival fleet. Embarkation in Miami went smoothly and we were in our cabins in a timely manner. Overall ... Read More
My wife and I booked this cruise with my brother and his wife. We were looking forward to travelling on the newest ship in the Carnival fleet. Embarkation in Miami went smoothly and we were in our cabins in a timely manner. Overall service provided by our room steward was very good. The cabin was clean and comfortable. Our dining experiences onboard were really hit or miss. We had a couple of good meals in the dining room and more that were very mediocre. The food portions were small and service was very slow. We had to wait long periods of time between courses and to get drinks. One night we were giving our drink orders for dinner and my wife requested coffee. The waiter said " I'll get it later" We told him no she wants it now. Then he complained about having to make a pot of coffee. Unbelievable. At the end of the last formal dinner, the hostesses at the front of the dining room were shouting about the great food and service and asking everyone to rate them a 10. One woman said it was more like a 5. (Which it was) They chased her down the stairs to talk to her. Haha. This seemed to be a theme on this ship. We ate at the buffet a number of times and we had trouble finding a place to sit because there were dirty dishes that hadn't been cleared at the empty tables. In their defense, this problem seemed to lessen after the first 3-4 days. Not sure if they picked up additional crew members or what. The buffet food was ok. Nothing great. We also tried an Italian restaurant for lunch which was free. The food was mediocre with slow service. They delivered 3 of our 4 meals but not mine. I finally shared with others while they spent 20 minutes getting my lasagna. The lasagna was awful. It had bbq pork inside of it. Literally bbq sauce. Gross. Our favorite food on the ship were the Guy Fieri restaurants. Burgers, BBQ, and the mexican food. We enjoyed those. The entertainment on the ship was good. The shows were good. The bands around the ship were good. We had fun. You will also have fun with the new fangled elevators on the ship. No buttons inside so make sure you choose the correct floor before boarding. No big deal but not sure these were any faster than normal elevators. The shore excursions were fine. We enjoyed Grand Turk. We loved Curacao and Aruba. None of us cared for La Romana however. Seemed kind of sketchy with a police escort on our tour through town. We would have preferred to skip that stop and do an overnight in Curacao or Aruba so that we could spend more time there.. Debarkation was a mess. I think this may be a Miami port problem but it took forever to get off of the ship. Carnival arranged our transportation to the airport and the driver dropped us off at the wrong terminal. Spent awhile trying to get to the correct terminal to catch our flight but we made it. After all of that, we still managed to have a lot of fun but this cruise was the worst of the 6 Carnival cruises we have taken. Hopefully they can improve the service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Horizon was great! Our handicap room, 10205, was excellent. The room was very large, and I could use the scooter everywhere. Even though it is listed as an interior room, the room has an slightly obstructive ocean view size window, and a ... Read More
Horizon was great! Our handicap room, 10205, was excellent. The room was very large, and I could use the scooter everywhere. Even though it is listed as an interior room, the room has an slightly obstructive ocean view size window, and a great view. All the staff were fantastic when dealing with handicap people... from the people helping to board, to the time we left! I was thrilled about that, as I had concerns before the cruise. The only MAJOR problem on the cruise was all the smoke in the casino!! People were having to leave the area allot just to get a breath of fresh air! I had a bad cough after 3 days, and it took me over a week and a half after the cruise to clear up. Other than that, great cruise! The food in the buffet was just okay, definitely not allot of write home about. The specialty restaurants were great!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I chose this cruise as the best entertainment option for my family. My kids are 12 and 3 years old, and our last cruise proved to be a great way to entertain them both. Carnival seemed to be a great option for more kids attractions so we ... Read More
I chose this cruise as the best entertainment option for my family. My kids are 12 and 3 years old, and our last cruise proved to be a great way to entertain them both. Carnival seemed to be a great option for more kids attractions so we have it a try. It was a disaster from the moment we walked on the ship. We entered on the 3rd floor/atrium, which felt tiny as the crowds of people flooded through the doors. At this point, and throughout the rest of the cruise, the silence of the staff was infuriating. They have this way of just allowing you to be lost and confused...they don’t anticipate needs, address questions clearly, provide clarity or direction...instead they seemed just as lost and confused as everyone else. You have to ask questions, no one will use cues to proactively address your needs. The hours of the attractions were confusing and inconsistent. Some days the teen room was 24 hours and others it didn’t open til 7 pm. Some days there were 4 buffets open in Lido, other days there were one. The layout of the common areas is impractical and there was constant congestion in the halls, elevators, and pool decks. Elevator wait times were also incredibly long - there were several times we just carried our toddler’s stroller up and down the stairs so we could move on with our day. For days I attempted to take my daughter to the toddler pool in the Dr. Seuss area on deck 12, and each time there were adults laying in the ankle deep water just sunbathing. Granted, the resort pool was always so crowded that they probably just wanted some space to refresh, but there was no regulation of the space to ensure kids had a designated space to play. This caused a chaotic spillover of children in adult spaces (and vice versa) so there was just no peace. The main dining room food was disgusting, either fried completely dry by heating lamps or just bland and underwhelming. The serving utensils were left under the lights and were usually so hot that you needed to wrap a napkin around the handle to use them. Food layout wasn’t thoughtful, and again no direction when it came to the lines at the buffet so there were long periods of congestion and confusion from people who entered at the wrong end or that didn’t know the selection was the same on both sides. It was usually other passengers that ended up explaining it and organizing the line, while staff looked on silently. At the other included outlets the lines were long and staff was passive and unfriendly. We patronized Meridian restaurant and were greeted by confused hostesses that didn’t know If they wanted you to wait in line, sit, or come back later - even with a confirmed table from MyTime Dining checkin. Wait staff in Meridian we’re not thoughtful, ignoring our feedback to make corny jokes - clearly a taught tactic. It was impersonal and insincere and an infuriating disregard for our experience. There were rules listed but not enforced, like dripping wet bikini-clad cruisers in the dining spaces contrary to signage, or rows of seats saved during the deck movie. There was no curfew for minors - all night, children could be found wandering through the casino and pool decks. Security had no control at all, and cleaning staff ignored them as they ran by and disrupted other passengers. Not one person said “no running” or asked where their guardians were...and many of these kids looked as young as 9 or 10. These kids also wrecked the self service ice cream spaces, leaving it on the counters and all over the floor, and staff were not attentive to the mess. On the promenade it was like walking through a flea market - every 5 steps someone is shoving items in your face trying to persuade you to buy another useless thing. Perfume, jewelry, shot glasses, scarves....everything. It was irritating and invasive. At the ports, loudspeaker announcements directed passengers to level 0 to disembark; when the elevator doors opened, another silent staff member standing there waiting for you to ASK if you should go left or right (there was no signage, and clearly multiple exits). Another lost opportunity to anticipate a common need and streamline my guest experience. The beds were rock hard, so much so that my kids even complained of back and shoulder pain. The shower drain didn’t work the first 2 days and my bathroom flooded constantly. It wasn’t fixed until I waited out my room attendant to ask her about it - who until then I had never physically seen. She admitted to noticing the pile of wet towels the prior day, but obviously never cleaned the shower or bothered to follow up on the flooding. My room attendant also accidentally tossed out my toddlers binkie while cleaning and didn’t admit it until I asked about it (after tearing the room apart). I was left with an inconsolable kid in an uncomfortable bed, every night for the rest of the trip. She also left the dirty cups and dishes in the room every time. If you are the type of traveler with any level of service expectations, this isn’t your ship. This ship is for low expectations, and people who are ok with paying $4K to still be left to find and figure things out yourself. NEVER AGAIN, Carnival! Read Less
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